General description of the training project

I: General information of the training

Title: Using Physics Analysis Toolkit (PAT) in your analysis
Dates: 15-19 June 2009
Internet address of the learning environment:
Last update: 29 April, 2009
Responsible teacher: Roger Wolf
Tutors: RW, Frédéric Ronga, Sudhir Malik, Benedikt Hegner, + 3 participants to the previous course
Local organization & technical support: Kati Lassila-Perini (CERN)
Teaching level: post-graduate, further education
Discipline: software development, data analysis
Estimated number of participants: 20-30
Main goal of the training:
- participants: develop the software needed in his/her analysis using the common tools provided by the toolkit
- project team: train future experts, get feedback to improve the product and the documentation
Pedagogical approach of the training:
Every participant will have an analysis project and the outcome of the training should be a valid and usable analysis code.
Brief description of the scenario - tasks and expected results:
Phase 0 - Prerequisities:
- basic knowledge of CMSSW
Phase 1 - Introduction to the basic tools:
- presentation of the projects- discussion, finding common areas
- get familiar with the software environment and the data formats
- learn the basic functionalities provided by the toolkit and understand why it is convenient to use them
- write the first prototype of the data analysis using the toolkit
Phase 2 - Understanding the details:
- learn the principles of the different components of the toolkit and understand their functioning through exercises
- understand what the toolkit provides for the project
- improve and complete the prototype of the data analysis using the toolkit
Phase 3 - Evaluation:
- summary of the progress and the difficulties encountered
- discussion and feedback

II: Organization

Ratio: Presence/remote 20%/80%
Brief description of the management of the training - tasks and roles:
Responsible teacher: present the learning material, guarantee the coherence
Tutors: help with the exercises, reply to questions
Lecturers: plan a learning module and provide contents or update the existing material
Participants: prepare a project use-case, complete the exercises, keep logbook, give feedback
Tools: web area for links to contents, logbook, discussions, code repository for exercises, videoconferencing for transmission and recording
Management tools: Web site, discussion forum, code repository, e-mail (project team)

III: General roles and tasks

People Role Task
Responsible teacher: Responsible of the pedagogical content and coherence during planning: intervene in the planning of the learning material by the content providers
Lecturers Give lectures
Content providers: Expert on separate learning modules Provide learning material
Tutors: Guide the participant in their exercises and in their project Lead hands-on sessions
Private tutoring for remote participants
Technical support: Practical arrangements Organize the rooms and EVO connections and recordings
Course-related technical support Help with technical issues connected to the course (availability of the material, accessibility)
Project management: Take care of the timely execution of the plan Plan and manage the project
Participants: Complete the analysis project integrating the issues learnt
Give feedback
Keep logbook
Interaction between the protagonists:
- project team: direct contact, e-mail discussion
- discussion sessions and questions during the lectures
- discussion forum and logbooks
Tools for interaction:
- project description and organization documents (wiki), meetings, e-mail for the project team
- discussion forum, wiki logbooks for the participants
Constraints and limits:
- availability of tutors

IV: Evaluation modalities

Evaluation criteria of the different activities: - completion of the exercise (the result obtained e.g. histogram)
- progress followed in the logbook
Date of the final evaluation: end of the course
Feedback: - on training: discussion and feedback form in the end of the course
- on the toolkit: discussion, logbook keeping track on the difficulties encountered.

-- KatiLassilaPerini - 22 Apr 2009

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